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Doctor insights on: How Long Is Recovery From Hand Surgery

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hand Surgery (Definition)

Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon ...Read more


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How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a  hand surgery?

Hand surgery: This is a complex question. Recovery depends on the surgery and the problem. Hand fractures require approximately 6 weeks for recovery. Tendons may require longer. Also comorbidities such as diabetes, etc prolong healing time ...Read more

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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc). ...Read more

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

Depends...: Pull ups require significant flexing force through the digits. Depending on what you had reconstructed, it may take you up to six months to be able to perform pull-ups. Smaller repairs may take only 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

The palm skin often: Heals well with dressing changes. And uncomlicated healing times differ but a good average time ( known because there are certain surgical procedures where the pal is left intentionally open and unsutured) is about 3 weeks still as u had surgery call your surgeon! sometimes it is just the superficial dry or macerated skin and it is not open. Other times there could be infection or sinus tract. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

2-3 days: Swelling achieves a maximum at 2-3 days. Make sure you don't over elevate such as over your head and interfere with circulation. A pillow on you r chest or at your side with your fingers pointed up higher than your elbow and of course higher than your heart no matter what your position is helpful. Ice may be used but not if there are circulation issues or problems. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

Varies: The length of time varies depending on the procedure performed. This can range from 5 minutes for a trigger thumb release to over 3 hours for a syndactyly reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read more

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How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

Typically: 2-3 days is when swelling reaches amaximun so the first 4 -5 days are the most important for elevation. Moving your fingers ( if allowed ) is just as important, not just a little finger twitch ot flap of the hand but making a full fist and extending all the way out helps push the fluid out of swollen digits. ( again only is permitted -----so ask your surgeon). ...Read more

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